Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

Kent College Dubai is a British Curriculum School offering various other Post 16 Pathways.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)
Key Stage 4: (I)GCSEs (Years 10-11)
Key Stage 5: Post-16 Pathway Options include (Years 12-13/Sixth form)

– A-level

– Level 2 and 3 BTEC Programmes (Sports, Business and Performing Arts)

– Combination of BTEC and A Level

– We are an IB Candidate School

The curriculum is taught through the medium of the English language. Arabic and other languages are also taught in the school. Support in English is offered through specialist EAL teachers.

The school provides a full programme of Arabic language, Islamic and Cultural Studies to meet the statutory requirements of the KHDA. This provision is embedded within the curriculum and available for all pupils.

Humanities subjects such as Geography and History are designed and written to reflect the cultural and geographical context of the UAE. Trips and other visits throughout the curriculum make extensive use of the local and regional opportunities in the UAE to enhance the understanding and awareness of the cultural and physical context of Dubai. Language provision throughout the curriculum fully provides for Arabic.

The school is initially offering a broad choice of A-level subjects in the Sixth form, but numbers of pupils in the Sixth form are expected to rise quickly and as early as possible we will take the necessary steps to offer the alternative of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

In line with UAE national priorities and the Dubai strategic plan 2021, schools in Dubai are required to incorporate the Ministry of Education UAE Social Studies curriculum standards into their curricula. The rationale for this is to provide pupils with in-depth knowledge, skills and understanding in history, geography and civics, which emphasise the links and relationships between diverse groups, people, science and society. Pupils will contribute, as responsible citizens and residents of the UAE, to the building of a cohesive society that is inclusive of all, while preserving the UAE culture, heritage and traditions .

At Kent College Dubai we believe it is important for young people to fully understand the environment that they are growing up in. The Social Studies curriculum explores the people, society and community of Dubai and the UAE.

Moral Education is taught three times a week in tutor time. There are four main objectives of Moral Education at Kent College Dubai:

  • To build character traits that include resilience, perseverance, work ethic, critical thinking and discipline
  • To instill ethical outlook by teaching pupils ethical values such as tolerance, honesty, integrity, dignity, respect and humility.
  • To encourage and enable pupils to become engaged members of the school and wider communities.
  • To teach pupils about local and international culture.

The Moral Education curriculum is taught in a progressive series of units with each unit being assessed.

These are the subjects offered across the KS3, GCSE and A level curricula. For detailed information about all the subjects on offer at Kent College Dubai please refer to the GCSE Curriculum Booklet and Sixth Form Curriculum Booklet.


Key Stage 3/GCSE/A level

Arabic is a core subject for Years 7-11. Learning Arabic is not just about language but also about embracing a rich and fascinating culture

Art & Design

Key Stage 3/GCSE/A level

Art is for everyone to enjoy. The art department is a vibrant, inclusive and exciting place where pupils can explore their creative potential.


Key Stage 3/GCSE/A level

Pupils investigate and explore the living world through a mixture of practical work and study both outside and in our well-equipped labs

Business Studies

IGCSE/A level

Our Business Studies courses aim to create pupils who are able to think strategically and make decisions from the evidence presented to them.


Key Stage 3/GCSE/A level

Chemistry encourages a curiosity about the natural world by allowing pupils to study materials, energy and the environment.

Design Technology

Key Stage 3/GCSE

Pupils gain experience in identifying and solving problems through the manipulation of a wide range of materials and technologies.

Drama & Theatre Studies

Key Stage 3/GCSE/A level

Drama provides an opportunity for all pupils to enhance confidence, creativity, collaboration and communication skills.


Key Stage 3/IGCSE/A level

Drama provides something valuable for everyone and allows pupils to enhance confidence, creativity and communication skills.


Key Stage 3/GCSE/A level

A knowledge of French opens doors around the world. Pupils are well-equipped to communicate with confidence and accuracy.


Key Stage 3/IGCSE/A level

Geography gives pupils the chance to understand the social, economic and physical forces and processes that shape and change our world.


Key Stage 3/IGCSE/A level

Studying the history of different cultures encourages pupils to develop the ability to analyse, critique, research, evaluate, and question the world around them.

Islamic Studies

Key Stage 3/GCSE/Year 12

Our goals are to be able to understand the language of the Quran, and to have a good understanding of Islamic history and what constitutes Islamic character.


Key Stage 3/IGCSE/A level

Pupils learn maths in a supportive environment, and all pupils are encouraged to develop good problem-solving and critical thinking skills.


Key Stage 3/GCSE/A level

The music department offers an inclusive approach to music, enabling all pupils to participate and experience the joy of making music in their own way.

Physical Education

Key Stage 3/GCSE/A level

We aim to spark an enthusiasm for PE that will last a lifetime and lay the foundations for a healthy and active life.


Key Stage 3/GCSE/A level

The laws of physics explain most of the phenomena that we experience every day, and the existence of our universe, matter and energy.


A level

The quest to explain human behaviour through the study of the mind develops analytical thinking, good communication and problem solving.


Key Stage 3/GCSE/A level

Spanish is the world’s fourth most commonly spoken language and we offer pupils many opportunities to experience Spanish culture and language.

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